This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Systems of molecules that react and interact can show properties that go well beyond the sum of the parts. Life is a prime example of an emergent property of a complex chemical system. Systems chemistry is concerned with establishing the design rules that enable new functions to be created and using these principles for the construction of reaction networks and materials with dynamic and adaptive properties that go well beyond those of traditional synthetic systems and materials. Where in life many of the adaptive properties are underpinned by metabolism, in systems chemistry complex networks of chemical reactions and interactions are being developed, that are sustained by the continuous supply of energy, often involving the turnover of high-energy fuels. The GRC will focus on efforts to establish a theoretical and experimental framework to enable understanding, analysis, modelling and, ultimately, design and synthesis of complex systems that show life-like functions that cannot be achieved using conventional chemistry approaches. Specific topics that will be addressed are dissipative self-assembly, nonlinear dynamics, active materials, the origins and synthesis of life, controlled molecular movement and motility and the engineering and modelling of complex systems.